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AP: I read that you pressed director J.C. Chandor for a backstory and he wasn't having any of it.
Redford: I just do what any actor says, "OK, there's not much dialogue, in fact there is none, there's very little backstory, so what's on your mind? Is there something I need to know as an actor?" And when he was evasive, I started to get nervous. "Does he not know how to describe his own film?" Until I realized, no, this is intentional. He's intentionally being evasive -- meaning that what's in there is all he wants to be in there, and once I got that, I released that tendency to ask that.
AP: Is there a message?
Redford: I've always been fascinated by that point in life for everyone -- there comes a moment when all seems to be lost, when there's nothing more to do. You can't do anything more. You're up against the odds that are against you and there seems to be no way out, all is lost, no point in continuing, and so some people quit and they stop, and others for unknown reasons just keep going because that's all there is to do.
AP: How was filming "Captain America"?
Redford: J.C. (Chandor) asked me to be in a film, and I had supported independent film for so many years but nobody ever asked me to be in a film and he did, and I thought I was inclined to take it just because he asked. A little bit of the same thing with "Captain America." It's so different filmmaking, so completely high-tech and so completely different, I thought it would be interesting and fun to understand what that is. ... It was slightly weird."
AP: Any thoughts of retiring?
Redford: If it's not brought up to me, I'm probably not going to think about it.
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